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Once again a large list of Osprey releases this month. It is worth noting that the closer we get to the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the more books there seem to be on Normandy.....
MIG continue adding to their catalogue with these new items, which as we have come to expect are always that little bit different...
A series of interesting recent arrivals from Accurate Armour should have many modellers interested.

Today, totally unsolicited, I received a copy of the new Dragon Catalog. Many of the products have been already announced, others may come as as pleasant surprise...
Fresh from Stevens International, the US Distributor of Trumpter, the much-anticipated release of the 1/350 Nimitz has been set as "around September 1st ".
Ultracast is a Canadian based company that produces "High Quality Resin Accessories for the Advanced Modeler." Their products include aircraft and armor accesories, figures, head sets and helmets.
It's been a little while since we've seen an update from Cobra Company but they have recently updated their website with a list of upcoming products.
A long awaited release and considering the numbers built, very long overdue.....
After getting beat up recently for not having enough 1/72 scale releases, Twobobs is finally set to lower the hammer on the brail scale modelers among us.
Back East Graphics has now released their latest aircraft lithograph-a F/A-22 Raptor of the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.
New Releases from Quartermasters Depot! Decals and Gear!
It's been a while since I've gotten an update from Gekko Graphics but they've got one new product and one coming down the pipe soon. Gekko Graphics is an Australia based company specializing in "What If" schemes.
Twobobs Aviation Graphics, a company synonomous with quality aircraft decals, has thrown their towel into the book market. Drawing upon the vast references they gather while producing their trademark decals, Twobobs is pairing up with renowned aviation photographer Greg Davis to present nose art and mission markings of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom aircraft.
Osprey Publishing has to be easily the most prodigious publisher in the Military History field. Once again no less than twelve titles are to hit the bookstores...
A very mixed bag of titles from Osprey this month with something to capture the interests of everyone.
What do you mean you've never wanted to build a movie star's tank? With this decal sheet you can!
Monroe Perdu Studios, a company that is know for its creative products, decided to release a new architectural kit.
A completely unknown (at least to me) figure company which has chosen to concentrate (at least at the moment) on AFV crews.
There was quite a bit of discussion in the forums recently about where to get dry transfers for use on aircraft models. I don't think we were able to narrow down where to get them but now HobbyDecal appears on the scene.
ACE Models announced today production of a 1/72 scale LAV-M mortar carrier. It is kit number 72407. Decals are included for three different United States Marine Corps vehicles.
Bob over at Twobobs has remained quite busy churning out the decals for all you modern aircraft modelers. They've got eight new sets coming your way near the end of the month.
Though not new, this set of very interesting decals should be of interest to Commonwealth armor modellers.
This is the second set of decals from Echelon, after their first this should find a bigger market, dealing as it does with a vehicle which is becoming more and more popular with mdellers.
The Nazi propaganda machine shot a lot of footage during World War II. With that in mind Diorama Solutions, a new manufacturer based in Australia, has produced a German WW2 Movie and Still Camera set (kit DS3506). The kit includes a 16mm camera, a rolloflex 3.5f camera, tripod, and 2 film canisters. The retail price for this kit is 12.95 (Australian).
Diorama Solutions is fully up and running now....
Below is a list of new products we are launching. and dates expected for each item
Extra Detail has expanded its range to 1/48 and 1/25 scale products and also increased its 1/72 range.
We have also released Placards for TAMIYA German Armour Kits

The items will be available as from Mon 16th Feb, please contact your nearest distributor for availability
Tamiya has announced dates for this years Tamiya-con event in Orange Country, California (US). It will be help April 17 and 18th. This is the 9th year they have held this event. Modelers from all over North America will decend on Tamiya's corporate offices to battle for the awards. The contestants will be judged by no other than Shunsaku Tamiya-san himself for the Tamiya Master Modeler Award.
ACE company just begun production of a T-72M1 kit.
Decals are for 6 vehicles (two Iraqi, Indian, Soviet, East German and Finnish).
More details here:
http://www.acemodel.com.ua/?p=model&id=113&s=&l=en

BMP-2D (kit #72125) is out of production.
I would like to see if I can help clear up some tire details about the Italeri modern 5 ton trucks that are on the market. The kits need a lot of work to make them accurate. That’s why there are so many after market detail set available. The military unit I am in has about 2 dozen of these trucks. We received them directly from the factory (AM General) and therefore they were not modified before we got them. I have see many pictures of these truck in the field and it looks like deployed units use whatever they have on hand when replacement are needed. This tends to make vehicles misidentified when these pictures are used for reference purposes.
As mentioned previously Extra Detail and Scale Effect have joined forces and have started a new company called DIORAMA SOLUTIONS.

ACE company just begun production of a 1/72 plastic (short run) kit of Yugoslav M-84A (Kuwaiti M-84AB).
Decals for 5 different tanks (2 Kuwaiti tanks in Desert Storm, 2 Yugoslav federal forces and Slovenian Army).
More details can be found on ACE Web site here:
http://www.acemodel.com.ua/?p=model&id=115&s=&l=en
Echelon are a new company in the 1/35th scale decals business. Their first sheet deals with Leopard 2A4's in service with the Spanish Armored Division, 'Brunete'. Six vehicles are featured on the sheeets.
Hobby Fan has just released two new sets of resin figures. A British tank crew for the M3A3 Stuart and a French tank crew for the M3A3 Stuart. Two figure each.
Formations Models, should be the first stop for anyone enhancing their Shermans. This is a company who works exclusively in producing AM parts for the Sherman. Their new releases continue this trend...
Bob Guere, the man behind the digital artwork of Twobobs Aviation Graphics for the past three years, has moved on and created his own graphics design business. As of January 2004, Back East Graphics is open for business.
Dragon in 2004 seems to be making a strong bid for the re-awakening 1/72nd market.
As this list has been circulating on other sources although not compiled for Armorama, I'm drawing this together according to nationality in 1/35th. For the Allied modellers it looks as if we are finally going to get a decent bite of the cake.....
More than five million aerial photographs of World War II are to be made publicly available on the internet.

The pictures will go online on Monday. Taken by the RAF, they were used by Allied commanders to help devise their strategy during the six-year conflict.
Little is unfortunately available as reference for French armor subjects. This new series of Monographs from Editions Du Barbotin may help to redress the balance.
In this new book, US MARINE CORPS PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS, the author, Gordon Rottman, has the difficult task of summarizing three years of U.S.M.C. operations and re-structure in a mere 96 pages....
The security requirements of Israel have forced its defence industries to develop vehicles capable of performing a wide-range of functions in many different environments. This book. Modern Israeli Tanks And Infantry Carriers 1985-2004 is an overview of what for many modellers is an irrestible source of inspiration.
With the interest represented here in Vietnam era armor, this book should find more than a few who will want to add it to their bookshelves....
Currently the 'Cover-up' Campaign is attracting a lot of interest. Primarily because it deals with the use of military fortifications within dioramas. This new book by Osprey, concentrates on one of the most interesting themes of military archaeology, Germany's West Wall..
Another great addition to their line of the "Armor At War Series" (photo essays) is the title "U.S. Tank Battles In France 1944-45" by Steven Zaloga.
A month or so, I published the mouth-watering goodies that we can expect to see from AFV Club in the first quarter of 2004. Here are some more with a MAJOR surprise.....
The first news of Academy's 2004 release schedule should come as no surprise, rumors have been wildly circulating for some time. However...
Recently, Osprey added to its small list of Armor modelling books with the M3/M5 Stuart. In the early part of this year they are adding 3 more titles....
As with the end of every year, you see many stores and manufacturers putting up some great sales to rid of stock at the end of the year. Twobobs Aviation Graphics is no different and have got some great stuff for you.
This is the New 'BrassAssit' Roller Set Mk MC exclusivly from The Small Shop EU. It rolls curves, tubes and even bends GRAB HANDLES and TIE DOWNS perfectly EVERY TIME. Scratch building or Pre Etched Brass...The Small Shop EU just keeps making it easier every time

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The newest releases for 2004 from SP Designs, a major manufacturer of modern russian and E. Block kits and conversions.
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